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Fremantle dad to run 500km while pushing his daughters in a wheelbarrow for RFDS

After sailing up the coast of Western Australia, a young father is set to run 500 kilometres while pushing his two daughters in a wheelbarrow.

James Brougham sailed his blue yacht Salty Jocks from Fremantle to the beachside Pilbara town of Dampier last month with his girls Halle and Isla.

He said he did not know how to sail when he bought the vessel last year, but he was eager to move away from suburbia.

“I knew that there was this whole other life out there that we could experience,” Mr Brougham said.

“So we got a bit of sailing in and I renovated the boat and kitted it out for cruising.”

Mr Brougham started sailing up the coast four months ago and said the girls had embraced the lifestyle.

“They are consistently occupied — like, the amount of whales and dolphins … some days it was just constant, especially on the way to Shark Bay, you have whales following you for like an hour and a half,” he said.

‘We’ll just keep going’
But Salty Jocks is not the only alternative mode of transportation Mr Brougham has adopted recently.

The 31-year-old has a goal to run 500km while pushing Halle and Isla in a wheelbarrow to raise $10,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Oceans to Outback challenge.

“You can pick whatever distance you want to run or bike, so I’m going to run 500km with the girls,” Mr Brougham said.

“We’re just going to give that a crack.”

Mr Brougham’s initial target of $1,000 was reached in one day.

“I’ve upped it now to quite a lot more than that, to something I thought was relatively unrealistic but still within reason,” he said.

“We’ll just keep going and see how much we can raise for them.”

‘Going to be a push’
Decked out with cushions, snacks and teddy bears, the bright blue wheelbarrow is a comfortable spot for Mr Brougham’s daughters to enjoy the ride, although Halle loves running alongside her dad.

The six-year-old said her favourite part of the sailing adventure from Fremantle to Dampier was “the whole thing”.

“It was like 100-million-thousand-and-nine per cent cool,” she said.

Mr Brougham said in the past month he had run “a few hundred kilometres” around Dampier with the wheelbarrow.

“It doesn’t sort of take too long to accumulate,” he said.

“But the 500 is going to be a push because it’s at least 120 kilometres a week we’re going to have to do — but we’ve got the time to do it.”

With temperatures in the Pilbara heating up, Mr Brougham said most of the 500-kilometres will be run before the sun rises.

“I don’t think [the kids will] get too hot and yeah, plenty of snacks and service station stops to keep them happy,” Mr Brougham said.

Run ‘isn’t the wildest stuff’
Mr Brougham said the Dampier community had overall been very supportive of his family, Salty Jocks and the wheelbarrow.

“I’m sure there’s some people that think it’s a bit odd, but in comparison, the way the last two years have gone, this isn’t the wildest stuff,” he said.

Mr Brougham said there had been significant benefits to preparing for the trek around Dampier.

“We’re back training and I feel better because we’re training,” he said.

“The girls feel better — Halle does a heap of running and her behaviour is better, so everyone’s benefiting from it.”

Mr Brougham said it was good to give something back to the community.

“We’ve obviously piqued a bit of interest, so if we can raise some money for the Flying Doctor Service, then some good is going to come from that,” he said.